We Interviewed Jungle (The Band)

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Contributed by: Courtney Goforth

If ya can’t take the heat, get out the Jungle. This sizable collection of Englishmen (and woman) have unearthed groovy vibes that effortlessly help to shovel out any previously uncultivated dance moves. This year alone they paid their dues at SXSW, crossed off Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, and are currently on a North American tour.

Their self-titled debut album was released via XL Recordings in July of 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. The album was recently shortlisted for the 2014 Mercury Prize, the annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

As the band continues to tour in support of the album, the group, fronted by west Londoners Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, will forge on to write their second album on the road. We sat down with Jungle founding member Josh Lloyd-Watson before their recent show at The Mohawk to find out more.

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Do512: Lovely to meet you. When did you guys get in?

We woke up in a Wal-Mart car park this morning, which was really fun. We drove here from Phoenix so it was a long drive. We spent the whole day yesterday driving and that’s about it. It was a bit weird waking up in a car park though.

Do512: Did you have a chance to do anything else after you left the Wal-Mart?

We did a radio session earlier for the college radio (KUTX). That was amazing, we had a lot of fun there. They have a really cool studio. We hung out on campus, kind of just walking around going, “Heyyyy.” Obviously we’ve been here before for SXSW, which was amazing. It’s obviously a much more vibrant time for the city, ya know, it was chaos.

Do512: How is it being back in Austin without being surrounded by the chaos of SXSW?

It’s nice. This venue (Mohawk) is fucking amazing, so we are really excited to play. We were just finishing the record (during SXSW) so it was fucking mayhem for us. We were doing two shows a day then going back to the hotel and writing and working. Not even producing, just writing the rest of the record and then about a week later we put it out.

Do512: I’ve read that you guys use to go by J and T?

We still go by J and T. I quite like it. I like the idea of separating who you are in normal life with who you are in the music business because there is a massive difference. You know, you have to play the game in the music business. It’s sad, but you have to do it. You kind of want to separate your personal life from your exposed, or public life. So I guess it is an attempt to do that.

Do512: Do you dance like any of the guys in your videos? Are they in the band?

Fuck, I wish they were in the band! They can’t play instruments, though. They’re really only good at rollerskating.

Do512: You and Tom have known each other forever. Have you been playing music together that long, too?

Yeah, roughly. I don’t know if it was good music, but we’ve always kind of been playing music. We’ve always been roller-skating, playing futbol, ya know, music is something you kind of do to become friends. It built a friendship and it is still a way for us to hang out;, fiddle with synths, and make tunes. I suppose that’s been the case for the last 14, 15, years.

Do512: Have you guys always played the same kind music as you do now?

I see a load of different things in our music. It’s really hard to pinpoint. There are definitely elements of funk, soul, hip-hop I suppose, and electronic music across the board, and I suppose indie, folk, Krautrock and psychedelia in the music. I’d say it’s a weird mash of those.

Do512: You put out your single “The Heat” at the end of last year and it’s doing well. Are you feeling any tangible success from it?

Define success. To us, it’s just being able to play music to people, whether it’s 10 people or 1,000 people. It’s a wrong kind of motive if you are trying to pin success on the outer world. If you are happy, and playing music with your friends, and as far as I’m concerned that is successful. It is amazing to be doing that. Going around the world and calling this a job is amazing.

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Do512: Have you noticed any differences in the crowds between the U.S. and U.K.?

Jungle: Not really. I don’t think we’ve really had a bad crowd, which is amazing because everyone’s played in bands and played to nobody. That’s the classic story, and you have to do that. If you haven’t done that, and you’ve played to loads of people, then you haven’t been on the right sort of ladder. You’ve got to play to one person as a musician, because it makes you kind of appreciate it.

Do512: So why the name Jungle?

We were thinking of loads of names and our tour manager, Sam, was like, “Ya gotta pick a name,” and we were like, “Ah, fuck’s sake.” It’s annoying because you put so much pressure on it, but once you actually just pick one and go with it, it’s fine. Once you know jungle, once you know our Jungle, when you are familiar with the videos and the music, then it becomes irrelevant. It is a genre, and a place, but there wasn’t a link between the kind of jungle and what it means for us. It’s a labyrinth of massive things of life, and love, and a place you can kind of escape.

Do512: Other than finishing out this tour, what else are you working on?

Well, we are stoked to write the second record on the road, which is always fun. But who knows when that will be, right now we still have a lot left to experience, a lot left to find out about what this is. It’s sort of been a bit of a crazy ride and I suppose that will come out next time. Who knows? It might be a completely different sound. It might be a post-punk psychedelic record. We’ll see.

Keep up with Jungle on Facebook, and pick up their debut album via XL Recordings.

La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival | 25th Anniversary

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There is an event every fall that every foodie in town dreams about for months. A decadent occasion in which guests are invited to sample the “sweet life”; a life where one gets to live out their Top Chef dreams while sampling the artistic creations of over 50 of the best chefs, restaurants, and wineries in Central Texas. This is La Dolce Vita.

New creations premiere from Austin’s trendiest chefs, and the best new restaurants are invited to give a sneak peek of their offerings. The finest Texan wines are served in large portions, and cocktail creations you could never dream of are whipped up right before your eyes. All the while local renowned artists are displaying and working on their pieces right before you.

Started 25 years ago as a small-scale food and wine tasting event, La Dolce Vita has grown into a star studded event where chefs and artists alike are invited to flaunt their talents. Hosted by The Contemporary on their stunning Laguna Gloria grounds, the event perfectly features the beautiful art created and inspired by the Austin art and food community.

Even better, all proceeds from the event go to support the many innovative museum education programs at The Contemporary Austin - programs to encourage budding young artists and provide affordable public programs and informal classes to the community.

Do512 recently spoke with Lauren Adams, the Contemporary Manager of Special Events, and Angel Begaye, the pastry chef at TRACE, about their roles in La Dolce Vita and Austin’s most tasteful event of the year.

Do512: What is the mission and the message behind La Dolce Vita?

LA: La Dolce Vita is an event which is focused on nourishing both the mind and body of the community. The proceeds from this event will go on to fund many of the education and public programs created to enrich the community. One of my favorite programs is “Advanced Young Artists”, which pairs teens with an artist resident mentor and they work together for a semester. The event also funds programs which provide tours and exploratory activities for school children.

Do512: What inspired the connection between art and food?

LA: I think both chefs and artists are constantly challenged to create beautiful pieces. They are both inspired by different tools and mediums and its amazing to see them come together and see all the work they put forth.

Do512: What are you most excited about?

LA: We have many restaurants and chefs who have been doing this event since the beginning, they have been great supporters and we love working with them, but we also are excited about the new chefs and restaurants. Fixe, a southern style restaurant which will be making their debut this fall, will be premiering at La Dolce Vita this year and we are all really excited to see what they will be bringing.

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Do512: Angel. What inspired you to become a chef?

AB: I come from a really big family with a lot of gatherings where everyone would decide what food item they were going to bring. I decided at a very young age that I would be the one to bring the sweets. I started out making puddings with my grandmother and after I finished my internship at the Phoenician in Arizona, as a chef, I decided to return to my love of pastries. I now work as the pastry chef at the W.

Do512: Just as artists prefer certain tools, what ingredients inspire you?

AB: I really love chocolate. There are so many things you can do with it and so many things to pair it with. It has such a wide range from floral elements to savory or sweet or spicy. You can make entire showpieces out of it. My favorite right now is blonde chocolate, it’s a whole new category!

Do512: What are you most excited about presenting?

AB: I am really excited to see what everyone is going to bring. This is my first time participating at La Dolce Vita and I’m really excited to create something for the event and make it really me.

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Be sure to put on your fanciest of pants (one with an expandable waistline preferred) and head over to La Dolce Vita on October 16 from 7-10pm. For tickets and more information about the event, visit Do512. You can check out more of the educational and art programs the Contempory Austin has to offer at thecontemporaryaustin.org.

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Allen Stone w/ Bad Rabbits at Emo’s | October 1

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Get ready for a night of smooth jams with Allen Stone at Emo’s on Wednesday, October 1st. Singer and songwriter Allen Stone describes himself as “a hippie with soul,” with vocals and a melodic style that show the clear influence of classic soul and R&B of the 1960s and ’70s. Growing up the son of a pastor in his local church, Stone grew up on gospel music, but developed a strong taste for classic soul and vintage R&B in his teens.

In 2011 his self-titled album quickly became an independent success story, all without a formal distribution deal. He was soon invited to appear on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Last Call with Carson Daly, and features on Stone were published in Esquire and Billboard. Stone’s new album, which he is co-producing with Swedish soul singer/multi-instrumentalist Magnus Tingsek, will be released later this year by Capitol Records.

At Emo’s, Stone will be joined by the R&B-laced rock band Bad Rabbits, along with indie folk-rockers Jared & the Mill. Get your tickets here!

Everything Happening This Week (That’s Not ACL)

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If you missed out on festival tickets, don’t like big crowds, or simply want to go out and have a good time without spending that precious rent money, here are a bunch of things happening in Austin this week (that aren’t taking place at Zilker Park). If you want to check out the Official Late Night Shows, go here. Thanks to our friends at High Brew Coffee helping us put this big list together.

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Multi-Day Events:

What: Austin Corn Lover’s Fiesta
When: October 3-4, and October 10-11
Where: Hole in the Wall, ABGB, White Horse, Lost Well
Featuring: Wreckless Eric, BP Fallon, Churchwood, Hickoids

Some years back, The Hickoids started the Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta as a tiny alternative to the Austin City Limits Festival. The goal is to present local and regional music and a few national and international acts in a friendly and affordable environment. They say “Unlike the majority of large festivals it is not programmed by statistics or to satisfy demographics, sell turkey legs or make anyone rich.”

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What: Ditch The Fest Fest
When: October 4th & October 11th
Where: Empire Control Room
Featuring: Chipper Jones, Calliope Musicals, Holiday Mountain, Kydd Jones

More than 40 of the best independent, local bands in Austin will play this annual alternative to ACL. Ditch The Fest Fest 6 (and 7) will only cost you $5 a night, and it’s all happening at Empire Control Room and Garage.

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What: Comic Con – Wizard World Austin
When: October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th
Where: Austin Convention Center
Featuring: Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead)

Wizard World Austin Comic Con is a celebration of pop culture! You’ll find the latest and greatest in movies, comics, cosplay, toys, video gaming, t.v., wrestling and more. Plus, there will be lots of celebrity sightings, photo ops and autograph signings. Tickets start at $39.95, and kids 10 and under free.

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Tuesday, September 30:

Experience Hendrix at ACL Live – The eighth edition of the celebrated Experience Hendrix Tour brings together a diverse group of musical greats paying homage to the great Jimi Hendrix. This year’s lineup includes metal legend Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), blues icon Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Texas guitar gods Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson and more. The rhythm section includes bassist Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys, Jimi Hendrix Experience) and Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble).

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Wednesday, October 1:

JEFF the Brotherhood at Stubb’s – Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall have been touring tirelessly for the past 10 years, playing any and all conceivable venues—from basements and backyard sheds to Bonnaroo and The Bowery Ballroom. The duo clocked in over 400 shows in the past two years alone and have shared bills with Best Coast, Fucked Up, Pentagram, The Kills, The Greenhornes and more.

ACLTV Taping with Jenny Lewis at ACL Live – At this point in her career, Jenny Lewis can safely be considered indie-rock royalty. She was primary vocalist of Rilo Kiley, has recorded with Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Ben Gibbard, formed the band Jenny & Johnny, lent her in-demand vocals to The Postal Service, Cursive, Jonathon Rice, and Elvis Costello. She just released an excellent solo album, The Voyager.

Doug Strahan, Mayuex & Broussard at the White Horse - If you just want to drink beer and two-step, this is the show. Songwriters Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard are breathing new life into traditional Texas country music, joined by Matt Wiley on lap steel, mandolin and banjo, Taylor Englert on drums, and Misha Ben-David on bass.

Thursday, October 2:

Roadkill Ghost Choir at Holy Mountain – Think early My Morning Jacket and early Wilco: great alt-country tunes mixed with some psychedelic edges. They just released their debut album, In Tongues. Of the album, Relix said “In Tongues sounds like the kid brother to MMJ’s classic It Still Moves: it’s a modern take on Americana flush with pedal steel guitar, spacey keys, and churning percussion.” The band was recently invited to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Ty Dolla $ign at Empire Control Room - Ty has worked with a slew of hip-hop notables, from Young Jeezy to Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B., YG and Pac Div. He’s now a hip-hop star in his own right, releasing a string of mixtapes and signing to Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records and Atlantic Records for the release of his debut EP.

Friday, October 3:

Shonen Knife at Red 7 - The Japanese trio Shonen Knife have made major fans out of alt-rock’s elite (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross, among others) and built a solid, worldwide cult following with their Ramones meets the Beatles brand of sticky sweet punk-pop.

Wreckless Eric at the Hole in the Wall - In his thirty-seven year career Wreckless Eric has made seventeen albums and worked with, or had his songs covered by artists as diverse as The Proclaimers, Yo La Tengo, The Monkees. For the past six years and three albums he has worked in partnership with his wife, the songwriter and musician Amy Rigby, under the banner Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby.

Apache Dropout at Beerland - This trio from Bloomington, Indiana who crank out rock ‘n roll anthems full of soulful guitar swagger and ‘60s fuzz. Says Pitchfork: ” unlike a lot of retro-styled groups, there’s not much nostalgia going in Apache Dropout’s music. Their simple tunes and the earnest way they bash them out suggest they see the past not as an escape, but a source of fuel.”

ArTXplosion at Mindzai Creative - Meet some cool local artists, purchase some art and unique wares, drink free beer, and grab a free custom screen print (bring your own shirt). There will be 9 featured local artists showing their best work. It all takes place at Mindzai Creative on South Lamar.

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KUTX Live at the Four Seasons Hotel - Join KUTX at the Four Seasons Hotel for live music by Hard Proof, Lake Street Dive, Temples, and The Head and the Heart. Your donation of $10 supports the Seton Shivers Cancer Center and gets you a gourmet breakfast taco and coffee. See the schedule here.

Saturday, October 4:

A Giant Dog, A Sinclair at The ABGB – Chill outside in the beer garden or rock out inside with two great local bands for free. Either way, be sure to chow down on their awesome pizza packed with in-season ingredients, and wash it all down with their variety of craft beer brewed in-house.

Turquoise Jeep at Red 7 – The hip-hop/R&B collective made a name for themselves on YouTube with the music video for Yung Humma’s song “Lemme Smang It” which is at 12 million views and counting. They are even more fun live.

Radioactivity at Holy Mountain (opening for Cults) – We saw these guys open for Parquet Courts a few months ago, and they were excellent. Band members include Jeff Burke, Mark Ryan, and Gregory Rutherford, whose credits read like an all-star lineup of Texas punk and garage rock royalty, including members of The Marked Men, Mind Spiders, Bad Sports, Wax Museums, The Reds, VIDEO, and The Novice.

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To see more of what’s happening this week, click here.

ACL Late Night | Interpol w/ Temples at Stubb’s

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In the years since their self-titled, 2010 album, Interpol have been relatively quiet. Leader singer Paul Banks released his second solo album, Banks in 2012, but Interpol was still missing from the festivals and record stores of the world. Not anymore. The perennially black-suited rockers are back in 2014 with their fifth studio album, El Pintor. The album title works as an anagram of the band name, as well as a reconfiguration of the sounds that made the band famous to begin with.

With the band gearing up for a worldwide tour, which includes a performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Interpol seem poised to reclaim their name.

While they are in Austin, the band will also play Stubb’s on Sunday, October 5th, with support from the British psych rock band Temples. With a slew of hit songs and a new album, to run through, this is sure to be a show to remember. For tickets, click here.

We Interviewed The Apache Relay | Do512 Lounge

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The Apache Relay cut their teeth in the dorm rooms of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. It was there that they slowly began to hone the folk rock sound for which they are well known. With the release of their latest, self-titled album, the band’s profile has grown larger than ever before.

The lead single on The Apache Relay, the endlessly catchy “Katie Queen of Tennessee”, is an exercise in pop proficiency. The song’s three and a half minutes feel far shorter, inviting numerous replays by the listener.

The Apache Relay have kick started their extensive tour, which will conclude in November. On Saturday the band stopped by the Do512 Lounge to play a quick session before their show at Lamberts. We spoke with singer Michael Ford Jr. about the band’s vision for the new album, and what the tour has been like.

Do512: What are your general impressions of the tour so far?

Michael Ford Jr.: Well, we did the first part of this run with our really good buddies Trampled By Turtles. We did probably three shows directly supporting them and then played Festival Palomino and it was an amazing time.

Do512: Kevin Augunas produced your latest album. He’s worked with some pretty big names like Cold War Kids and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. What was your experience with him like?

Michael Ford Jr.: We’ve never been more focused on songwriting than we have for this record, and I think he really brought that to the process. The fundamental of what each song is: a piano and vocal, or a guitar and vocal. We’d play through the songs until we felt everything was perfect for tracking. We’d never worked like that in the studio, with someone who wanted to focus that intensely on the stripped down core of each song.

Do512: The record has well-polished, lush sound. Is it difficult to pull off any of the songs live without that production?

Michael Ford Jr.: It’s interesting, we spent about a month touring this record before it came out. In that time period we figured out how we were going to make these songs come across live. The versions we have now for the live songs have a special energy and I feel like the live show has a more rock and roll tinge that I think makes the songs more interesting. People that have heard the record will be excited to hear it, it’s got more of a kick to it.

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Do512: You guys have stated that you want every record to be different. Did you have a specific idea of how you wanted this one to sound?

Michael Ford Jr.: Not at all. There was a large amount of tunes put together for this album. When we went out to California we spent the majority of the time reworking all the songs that we planned on recording. We let that dictate the production and the aesthetic, that’s why you hear a change in this record from American Nomad. The songs really lend themselves to that Phil Spector-esque wall of sound production. It wasn’t something we were planning on doing, we just wanted to do what felt right.

Do512: “Katie Queen of Tennessee” has a pretty memorable music video, was that a concept that you guys came up with as a band?

Michael Ford Jr.: We got in touch with Hayley Young, who directed the video, through a friend of ours. Hayley listened to the song and felt like the video should feature dancers of some sort. So the way the story goes is that she Google searched “Dance troupe Nashville” and a video popped up of these kids performing their routine. So she figured she’d just play “Katie Queen of Tennessee” and see if it synched up with their routine. Sure enough it did, so it was just this weird crazy coincidence that we were psyched about.

Do512: Did the kids dig the music?

Michael Ford Jr.: I think so! I’m sure they were tired of listening to it after hearing it all day, though.

Do512: You guys formed at Belmont University in Nashville, which has had a lot of other great bands come out of it like Pujol and Diarrhea Planet. Do you feel a camaraderie with those groups?

Michael Ford Jr.: Yeah, that scene we came up in is so small. It’s such a small town that everyone knows everyone and it’s very communal. Everyone comes to each other’s shows and you’re bound to run into each other. There’s definitely different scenes there but everyone’s trying to do their own and thing and that creates a cool atmosphere.

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Do512: You guys have opened up for big acts like Mumford and Sons, do you have a preference for your shows in terms of venue size?

Michael Ford Jr.: They both have their special things about them, but I gotta say I love playing the bigger rooms. We don’t get to do that too often, but the way those rooms sound is unreal. the bass sounds so huge and massive, it’s fun to hear your band in that way. It’s kind of a rare opportunity to feel that big on stage when you’re playing. I love those experiences.

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See their remaining tour dates below, and follow ‘em at Facebook.com/TheApacheRelay!

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The Must-See Bands at Austin City Limits 2014

 

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As we approach the colossal two-weekend event known as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, we’re faced with the near-herculean task of figuring out just how many awesome things we can see and do during the festival.

If you want to do it right, plan on getting to Zilker Park early and staying late. The forecast looks great for both weekends, with temperatures in the mid 80′s, so we recommend getting to the festival by noon to see as many bands as possible.

Plenty of great acts have early sets, starting with Temples at 1:15pm on Friday. On Saturday, start with Spanish Gold at 12:30pm, catch Benjamin Booker at 1pm, then Mac DeMarco at 1:30pm. You can start your Sunday with local funk band Hard Proof at 11:15am, then check out the Barton Springs Beer Hall, the Art Market, the Austin Eats food court, or dip out to grab a “Shady Thang” at Shade Grove.

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Good early shows for Weekend 2 include Black Pistol Fire on Friday at noon, Riders Against The Storm on Saturday at 11:15am, and early slots by both Emily Wolfe and Wood & Wire on Sunday.

While the lineups for both weekends are very similar, they are not identical. For instance, if you plan on singing along to Lorde‘s “Royals”, you’ll want to attend the festival on Sunday, October 12th. She won’t be there for weekend one. Other, more subtle differences include differing schedules for bands that will be playing both weekends.

  • Friday’s Biggest Names:

Outkast, Beck, Foster The People, Belle & Sebastian, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent.

  • Friday’s Biggest Conflicts:

Childish Gambino vs Foster the People 6:15-7:15
Beck 8:15-9:30 vs Outkast 8:15-10:00

  • Saturday’s Biggest Names: 

Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, The Avett Brothers, Interpol, Broken Bells.

  • Saturday’s Biggest Conflicts:

Skrillex 8:30-9:45 vs Eminem 8:30-10:00
Broken Bells vs Major Lazer 7:30-8:30
The Avett Brothers vs Lana Del Ray 6:30-7:30

  • Sunday’s Biggest Names: 

Pearl Jam, Calvin Harris, Lorde (Weekend 2), Spoon, Chromeo, The Replacements, Phantogram.

  • Sunday’s Biggest Conflicts:

Calvin Harris 8:00-9:15 vs Pearl Jam 8:00-10:00
Chromeo vs Zedd 7:00-8:00
The Replacements vs Spoon 6:00-7:000
Phantogram vs Real Estate vs Jenny Lewis 5:00-6:00

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THE MUST-SEE BANDS OF ACL FEST 2014

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Beck

Nobody does weird quite like Beck. He’s pretty much the only four-time platinum artist who can sing about having a devil’s haircut in his mind, and have it sound not only believable, but completely reasonable. Few musicians have had a career as long and ultimately influential as Beck’s.

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OutKast

OutKast needs no introduction. They have written some of the most beloved, genre-bending and wholly creative hip-hop songs of all time, and finally returned to the stage after a long hiatus. Get hyped.

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Spoon

2014 also saw the reemergence of one of our favorite Texan bands, Spoon. They’d kept things quiet the past couple of years, but came back strong with their fantastic new album, They Want My Soul. It’s their best effort in quite a while, and you can expect the live show to match.

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Pearl Jam

It’s not Pearl Jam’s first time at Austin City Limits, and we hope it won’t be their last. Eddie Vedder has one of the most powerful voices in rock and roll, and his band have been a staple since they burst into the Seattle Grunge scene in 1990. They are one of our generation’s most essential bands, and are nothing short of amazing in concert.

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Eminem

What can you say about Eminem that hasn’t been said a thousand times already? His legacy as one of the best rappers of all time is sealed. He’s incendiary, funny, controversial, and talented. Sometimes in equal measure, and sometimes within the span of a single song. He doesn’t spend much time in Austin, so don’t miss him at ACL.

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Temples

Hailing from Kettering, England, Temples quickly made fans at home and abroad after releasing their debut full-length, Sun Structures, in February of this year. If you dig ’60s-influenced psychedelic pop, you need to see Temples. The band performed at SXSW earlier this year, then rocked Coachella and Austin Psych Fest.

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Benjamin Booker

He’s a 25-year-old blues-rocker. And he’s become a big deal over night. Booker just released his debut album last month, and was hand-picked by Jack White to be his opening act on tour. This guy kicks ass. Do. Not. Miss it.

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St. Vincent

Multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark grew up in Dallas, and kicked around with The Polyphonic Spree before going out on her own and performing as St. Vincent. In addition to being a seriously gifted electric guitar player, she’s gone on to release three incredible studio albums, perform on Saturday Night Live, and collaborate with the likes of David Byrne. Seeing her perform live is an unforgettable experience.

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Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco might hold the world record for being the most simultaneously goofy and competent songwriters in the world. His ridiculous on-stage antics are the stuff of legend, and his third album, Salad Days, was met with widespread critical acclaim. Beneath his often wacky exterior is a person who has a real gift for penning memorable songs. Essentially, he’s the drunk guy at the party who you laugh at until he picks up an acoustic guitar and blows your mind.

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The Replacements

In 2012, The Replacements announced their reunion and a lot of people went justifiably out of their minds with excitement. See, The Replacements hold a very special place in people’s hearts as one of the best, most influential bands of the 1980′s. Their third album, Let It Be, is a post-punk classic, filled with idiosyncratic lyrics and jangly  guitar riffs. Loyal acolytes of The Replacements now have the chance to see them perform their quintessential material live and in person.

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Belle & Sebastian

Belle & Sebastian’s lead singer and musical mastermind Stuart Murdoch has what you would call an extensive vocabulary. The art of story telling is something that comes exceedingly natural to the Scottish-born musician. Even if you don’t know Belle & Sebastian, you’ve probably unknowingly enjoyed one of their songs.

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Jenny Lewis

At this point in her career, Jenny Lewis can safely be considered indie-rock royalty. She was primary vocalist of Rilo Kiley, has recorded with Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Ben Gibbard, formed the band Jenny & Johnny, lent her in-demand vocals to The Postal Service, Cursive, Jonathon Rice, and Elvis Costello. She was also in The Wizard.

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Lucius

Lucius is a triple-threat of vocal harmonies, infectious hooks, and dance-inducing percussion. Pair those traits with the band’s irresistible live show and it’s easy to see why NPR Music calls Lucius “a fabulous band playing such infectious pop songs” and Paste hails the group as “blissful.” Charismatic co-founders and lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing in unison – two voices as one – uniquely delivering songs with stories told from the same perspective. Multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish, and Dan Molad round out the stylish, Brooklyn-based quintet.

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Simply put, Trombone Shorty is the man. He recently joined Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on stage at the Grammy Awards, made an appearance on Conan, and took home 7 awards at the OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Awards, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and more. Hailing from New Orleans, Trombone Shorty mixes jazz, funk and hip-hop into one sweet, funky cocktail.

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Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive is trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson, vocalist Rachael Price, bassist Bridget Kearney, and drummer Mike Calabrese. They do a bit of everything, from jazz to pop, gospel blues, British Invasion rock, R&B and Motown soul.

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Phantogram

This electronic rock duo from New York consists of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. They mix catchy rhythms with smooth and dreamy vocals to produce a sound you can dance to, cry to, and sing to. Sound of soul, hip-hop, shoegaze and pop make their way into Phantogram’s music, making them an act you won’t want to miss.

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tUnE-yArDs

tUnE-yArDs will be cranking creativity and catchy experimental music to the max at ACL. If you are a fan of Merrill Garbus’ musical endeavors, this is your chance to see it come to life. Just from the Youtube videos alone you can begin to imagine what a live show might be like. Lots of color, craziness, heart and soul.

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Jenny Lewis at Stubb’s | ACL Late Night

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At this point in her career, Jenny Lewis can safely be considered indie-rock royalty. As one fourth (and primary vocalist) of the now defunct Los Angeles-based band Rilo Kiley, she carved her way into critical and fan acclaim during the group’s 13 years of existence. After a string of successful albums, the band more or less disbanded amicably in 2011. Since then, Lewis has kept busy.

In the wake of Rilo Kiley’s dissolution, she made a self-described “kind of soul record” featuring contributions by Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. The record, called Rabbit Fur Coat, received glowing reviews by critics.

Next came an album combining the talents of Lewis and her boyfriend Jonathon Rice, under the moniker of Jenny & Johnny. She also found time to lend her in-demand vocals to a wide variety of music acts, including The Postal Service, Cursive, Jonathon Rice, and Elvis Costello. On top of all this, Lewis has appeared on shows like Comedy Bang Bang, American Dad, and Pleasantville.

To put things plainly, Jenny Lewis doesn’t seem to be slowing down in any sense of the word. The fact that she just released an excellent solo album, The Voyager, only lends credence to the theory that Lewis is super into forward motion.

Jenny Lewis brings her talents to Stubb’s Amphitheater on October, 3rd as part of the ACL Festivals Late Night Shows. She’ll be joined by indie-pop performers The Belle Brigade. For tickets and additional information about the show, click here.

Felice Brothers w/ Spirit Family Reunion | Emo’s

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On Saturday, September 27th, Emo’s will be hosting one badass folk rock party with Spirit Family Reunion and The Felice Brothers.

Spirit Family Reunion will be starting things off as they stomp and clap their way into your hearts with their old-timey, rootsy tunes. Having opened for the like of the late Levon Helm and The Alabama Shakes, the Brooklyn six-piece is well-known for a raucous live show with splendid 5-part twangy harmonies and a cornucopia of string instruments. Be sure and pick up their new album, No Separation, while you’re there.

The Felice Brothers will be closing out the show in style with a perfected blend of folk, Americana, and revivalist roots rock. Hailing from the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York, the band had made festival stops at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Newport Folk Festival, and have supported Old Crow Medicine Show and The Dave Matthews Band.

If you love truly great folk rock, do not miss out on this show. Get your tickets here.

Rhye | ACL Late Night Show at The Paramount

Want to know the best way to start your night after listening to music all day at ACL Fest? Listening to more music at ACL Late Night Shows. They will be happening at venues all over town, even at The Paramount, where you can catch the R&B duo Rhye on Friday, October 3rd.

Rhye is a collaboration of two strangers with similar tastes in music, Canadian singer Milosh and Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal, who decided to join forces after being meeting via their record label to talk about collaborating. They realized their styles complimented one another and made the move to Los Angeles in 2010, becoming very successful since teaming up.

The two infuse their jazz roots into electronic music, and it really, really works. Their album Woman was released in 2013, getting an 8.5/10 ranking on Pitchfork, 8/10 on Spin and many other positive vibes throughout the music community. Songs like “Open” and “The Fall” stick out as clear picks for singles, but it is important not to discredit “3 Days”, (seen below).

Cool down after a hot day of music outside with a cozy indoor show with Rhye at The Paramount 10/3. BONUS: Enter to win a free pair of tickets here.